James Bond's Vesper Martini Recipe
James Bond's Vesper Martini
Chef's Note

Every James Bond fan will recognize the lines in this recipe as the first martini Bond ordered in Ian Fleming's 1953 book, "Casino Royale." It's a very potent mix and Fleming (er, Bond) is very specific about brands for two of the ingredients involved: "Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet (now available under the name Lillet). Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel”. The only change in the 2006 movie is “Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel.”

In the movie Casino Royale, when Vesper asks Bond if he named the drink after her "because of the bitter aftertaste", 007 replies that he named it for her, "because once you have tasted it, you won't drink anything else." 

For 1 glass

- 90 ml / 3 ounces gin (Gordon's)
- 30 ml / 1 ounce vodka
- 15 ml / 1/2 ounce dry vermouth (Lillet) (1)
- Garnish: lemon peel
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the ingredients with some ice cubes.
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a piece of lemon peel.

Shaken, Not Stirred! 

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